Ferments on the AIP

Are fermented foods allowed on the AIP?

Adding fermented food and drinks can be a very healing addition to your AIP menu, however, I can tell you from experience that they may not be for everyone, at least in the beginning.

Caution and care should be exercised choosing products and adding things like kombucha, sauerkraut and other ferments to your diet.  I encourage you to follow the advice of your nutritional consultant and/or Functional Medicine Practitioner to ensure that ferments are right for your personal medical condition and nutritional needs. If you’re not seeing a professional, at least be sure to keep very careful track of symptoms and reactions after consuming them.

Why would ferments cause problems? They’re supposed to be the bees-knees for adding more of the “good guys” to our gastrointestinal arsenal, strengthening our microbiome! Here are a couple of quick reasons to ponder – 1) Kombucha contain compounds called FODMAPS which are specific types of carbohydrates that can cause digestive distress in many people (especially those with IBS and SIBO), 2) Because it’s unpasturized it can contain different types of bacteria and yeasts that actually promote growth of opportunistic bad bacteria that can lead to more problems! A bitter beginner option when it comes to fermented foods would be sauerkraut or kimchi.

Still think you might want to jump on the ferment wagon? Feeling a little overwhelmed? I’m not surprised!

There are a lot of fermented products on the market – are any acceptable for AIP?  What ingredients should I look for?  Should I try making my own instead?  Is that even safe?  How much and how often should I consume ferments?

Learn more below from the experts:

A Practical Guide to Fermented Foods for Autoimmune Disease

Everything you need to know about Kombucha

If you’re looking for Recipes to make your own AIP compliant ferments, try using the search feature in our Facebook Group … try searching “ferment” “pickle” “sauerkraut” “kombucha” or what ever you’re trying to make.